As unsavory as it is to have to get dressed in 90-degree heat, you still have to pull your sartorial weight at work, right? Since it's unlikely that you'll be able to get away with what you really want to wear in these temperatures — like a crop top and a bikini — at the office, you should have a handful of work-appropriate pieces that will look professional and put-together while keeping you cool. Here are some important things to keep in mind:
- Stay away from silk and satin. Not only do they show off sweat marks, but they have a tendency to stick to you, too. Opt for light, breathable fabrics like cotton, rayon, and linen.
- A 100-degree day is not the time to wear your clingiest dress. Instead, err on the side of floaty and breezy, like a flowy top or loose dress that won't cling to your skin and make you even hotter.
- Break out the brights. Bright-colored clothing will help with the melt factor because they reflect light and heat. The same goes for white — just be on the lookout for sweat stains.
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